BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A three-judge panel Saturday ordered Morgan County Magistrate Bonnie L. Riffle removed from office following her October conviction for falsely reporting that two men attacked her in her office in February 1999.
Riffle had no comment following the hearing in the Morgan County Courthouse.
Her lawyer, Robert C. Stone Jr. of Martinsburg, said Riffle's conviction on five misdemeanor and two felony counts will be appealed. Stone said he will let Riffle decide if she wants to appeal Saturday's decision to remove her from office.
Stone asked the judges to stay their removal order pending the outcome of Riffle's appeal on the criminal convictions, but they put it into effect immediately.
The panel, appointed by the West Virginia Supreme Court, included Robert B. Stone ( no relation to Riffle's lawyer) of the 17th Circuit in Monongalia County, Andrew N. Frye Jr. of Grant, Mineral and Tucker counties, and Lawrance Miller of the 18th circuit in Preston County.